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Granholm Announces Grants to Secure 68 West Michigan Manufacturing Jobs

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Total Award of $28,456 Will Benefit Two Companies' Employees

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $28,456 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to upgrade the skills of 68 employees at two companies with training provided through local educational institutions. Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company’s products and needs.

“Michigan’s industrial workers are competing for their jobs with their counterparts in shops and factories all over the world,” Granholm said. “Supporting our employers and employees with training assistance is essential to keeping their companies and jobs here in the state.”

The funding will be used to supply training for 53 current workers and 15 new hires as follows:

  • Big Dutchman Inc.in Holland, 18 current employees, 15 new hires, Grand Rapids Community College; and
  • St. Marys Cement Inc.in Charlevoix, 35 current employees, North Central Michigan College.

“By investing in our workers, we can help manufacturing companies continue to grow and strengthen the local economy,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Their presence makes it easier for communities to attract further business investment and the retail and residential development that will follow.”

Since 1994, more than $335 million in EDJT grants has helped almost 600,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.

In her 2006 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan’s workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools used to enhance Michigan’s business-friendly climate.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org.


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